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GPL GOAL KING RACE: 7 Contenders to win the 2020/21 Goal King Award Featured

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Football is a team game. Every player wants to get their hands on a league title or World Cup trophy.  The Premier League title isn’t the only one that must be decided when the season ends. 

There are some individual awards up for grabs, and one of the most coveted individual prizes in Ghana’s topflight league is the Goal King award - a trophy presented to the league's master marksman who ends the season as the leading goal scorer.

There's a plethora of incredible forwards scattered throughout the 18 teams in the Ghanaian top flight, with a key talisman pivotal to every team's fortunes, be that searching for silverware or fighting for survival.

With that in mind, we take a look at seven players who could end this season as the league’s top scorer. 
Diawisie Taylor (Karela United)
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The Anyinase based club are having a great campaign. They are leading the log after the first half of the season. One man who has been key to their recent upsurge is Charles Diawisie Taylor. 
He ended the first round as the top scorer with 12 goals in 18 games for his side. The Berekum-born striker simply cannot stop scoring for Karela.
 Karela are going for glory this time round and Taylor's goals would have a major role to play in that.
Joseph Esso (Dreams FC)
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Joseph Esso has been in blistering goalscoring form ever since trading Accra Hearts of Oak for Dreams FC, netting 11 Premier League goals in 18 appearances.
The Still Believe lads are playing a great brand of attacking football (as evidenced by their recent outings) under Vladislav Viric, and that should provide Esso with plenty of chances. Importantly, too, he's a guaranteed starter every week.
There's every chance he can keep firing at the current rate given everything's looking so rosy at the moment.
Kwame Peprah (King Faisal)
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It's fair to say that Kwame Peprah has developed into comfortably one of the best players in the Premier League. With nine goals to his name, Kwame Peprah sits third in the goalscoring charts at the end of the first round.
His creativity in attack gives King Faisal FC a new dimension of scoring goals, be it slipping someone through or slotting one home himself. Or scoring a penalty, of course.
Hans Kwofie (Legon Cities)
Frightening pace, lethal shooting range and the vision to see a key pass, he has all the key traits needed to push a Cities survival charge. He has scored nine goals thus far with five during his days with Ashanti Gold SC before joining the Royals during the second window.
He's more than just a number nine, though, and selflessness might cost him the chance of finishing as the division's top scorer.
Yahaya Mohammed (Aduana Stars)
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The Aduana Stars hitman has started the season like a house on fire, and is one of the favourites to go on and pick up the Goal King award. 
He may be 33, but the striker is seemingly just getting better and better with age, and his performances for his club in the league is nothing short of sensational. He has netted  7 times so far this season.
 If he continues this rich vein of form, Yahaya Mohammed could end the season as the league's finest goal scorer.
Kwame Boateng (Karela United)
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Diawisie Taylor’s strike partner and one of the players tasked to win the title for Karela United. The experienced Boateng has seven goals to his credit. He has shown no signs of taking his foot off the metaphorical pedal.
 His physique and technique have combined to make him one of the most feared strikers in the league at this moment in time. He looks refreshed thanks to a new challenge with Karela, but injuries could hold him back.
Victor Aidoo (Hearts of Oak)
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Arriving at a top club like Hearts and becoming the club’s top marksman aptly corroborates how lethal he is in front of goal. He has scored seven goals so far this season. 
There were question marks over Victor Aidoo when Hearts parted some cedis to secure his services and pull him out of the Division One at the start of the campaign, but so far, he's been worth every penny.
Inconsistency is to be expected with it being Aidoo's first season in the top flight, but with support from Manaf Umar, Patrick Razak and Frederick Ansah Botchway, he'll still impress.
One for the future and for now.
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